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Copters and a sense of security

October 19, 2011

This is written in response to Greg Hiscott regarding Glendale Police Department helicopters flying over La Cañada and parts of La Crescenta (“Why do the police fly over La Cañada? Oct. 10) that are under the jurisdiction of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

I am not quite sure I understand what he is complaining about. Is it the noise, the spot lights, or what? The impression I got from Hiscott is that he wants people who agree with his idea to write in and say so.

Unfortunately, I cannot oblige him. Rather, my opinion is that we always feel a sense of security and protection when hearing police helicopters hovering as I know they are searching for, or holding the location of, potential criminals.

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We live in the part of La Crescenta under the Sheriff's Department and frankly, I don't care what law enforcement agency is working in our area. I am simply thankful that we have law enforcement presence — period.

If Hiscott wants more documentation of what is going on with the Glendale Police Department helicopters, does he really want to take away even more manpower and time to document this information?

I don't mind if I am awakened at 2 a.m. by circling choppers, as it alerts me to the fact that there may be crime occurring in our midst. We double-check locks on doors and windows at that time and then we go back to bed and feel some sense of security.

Police departments are already so overwhelmed with paperwork, reports and documentation that it takes away their time from working in the field and doing the job they were trained to do, which is to protect and serve.

I find it admirable that Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena police and the L.A. County Sheriff's Department work together as a team and do not care who is patrolling our area to keep us safe.

We thank them all for the outstanding duties they perform.

Penny Schmit

La Crescenta

 
 

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